Summer job offers real life experience for special needs student

Summer job offers real life experience for special needs students

If you're a parent at all, you know it's tough keeping kids occupied. It's especially tough for children with special needs during the summer break. 

Bruce Bussell opened a shaved ice truck in June. He employs three Lubbock ISD students with special needs which includes his son Nick, whom the business is named after. 

"When he was about 2 or 3 years old we realized, with his functioning level, that he doesn't communicate real well and he wasn't going to work when he graduated so it was probably going to be up to us," Bussell said. 

After originally planning to work with just his son, Bussell realized he was a bit short-staffed. 

"Once I had the idea to do this it was just about Nick, but then after I thought about it and figured I'd give these other kids summer jobs," Bussell said. 

 Business has really taken off, and the employees have a lot of responsibilities.  

"They have to get the ice ready for me. There's cleaning out the trailer before and after and helping me get the flavors," Bussell said. 

While Eric and Nick help out Bruce in the back, Tylor runs the cash register. 

"Of all the times he's (Tylor) done this he hasn't made a mistake, which is better than I can say for myself," Bussell said. 

Click here to find out where the truck is, it's location changes daily. 

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